Fermanagh Lakelands

Lower Lough Erne to Upper Lough Erne

2 Days
  • Activity Breaks
  • History & Heritage
  • Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark
  • Florence Court
Must-see

Northern Ireland’s Fermanagh Lakelands are well worth exploring. From stunning scenery to lakeside luxury, the Fermanagh Lakelands is the ideal spot for a relaxing weekend away. This is a place with a rich history, too. Think rock carvings dating from 3000BC, majestic estates and mysterious island sculptures. This route will take you around the Lakeland’s in two days stopping of at the main attractions along the way.

Day 1

Lower Lough Erne

Set off from Enniskillen

The route around Lower Lough Erne sets out and returns to Enniskillen. Enniskillen town is uniquely situated in the centre of the county between Upper and Lower Lough Erne. Offering a plethora of attractions and activities, historic Enniskillen should be on your list of must see destinations.

Take time to discover the hidden corners such as The Buttermarket in the heart of the town, which houses nineteen art, design and craft stores. Here you can purchase some of the best art and craft products, all of which have been made in Fermanagh.

Enniskillen Castle is situated along the banks of the River Erne it is the perfect place to begin exploring Fermanagh’s rich history. Home to Fermanagh County Museum and The Inniskillings Museum, visitors to Enniskillen Castle can also enjoy seven new galleries which tell the story of the local area from prehistoric to modern times, including the recent excavation of the Drumclay Crannog in Enniskillen.

The complex also boasts a stunning new purpose built visitor centre – with impressive views of Lough Erne and the Castle’s redeveloped grounds and gardens – with a genealogy service also available.

Devenish Island

Devenish Island is one of the finest monastic sites in Ireland. Take time to explore the ancient ruins located on the island each with their own story to tell. The island is only accessible by boat. (For boat trips contact Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre +44(0) 28 6632 5000).

On leaving Enniskillen the route takes you to Tully Castle along the banks of Lough Erne where the impressive remains of a fortified house are set on beautiful Tully Point.

Cliffs of Magho

West Fermanagh boasts some of the most scenic viewpoints in Ireland, marvel at the magnificent views over Lough Erne from Magho Cliff’s with its many islands in full view. There are also panoramic views of Mullaghmore and Slieve League, while Lough Navar Forest has many heather clad walks to enjoy. Correl Glen National Nature Reserve at the entrance to the forest is also worth a visit.

From Belleek to Boa Island

The picturesque village of Belleek is famous around the world for its Belleek Pottery. When you step into the world of Belleek Pottery you enter one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most fascinating attractions. Established in 1857, Belleek Pottery holds a very special place in the cultural and commercial heritage of Co Fermanagh. Visitors have the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in the Belleek experience, original and unique pieces are made using traditional methods passed down from generation to generation.

If you love mystery, then on leaving Belleek head for Boa Island. Boa Island is named after Boadhbh, the Celtic war-goddess. The island is linked at either end by causeways to the mainland. This is the home of the iconic Janus figure. At the west end of the island is a sign to Caldragh Cemetery. A bumpy road leads to a graveyard, once the site of an ancient church.

Return to Enniskillen for the night

The last part of the journey takes you past Castle Archdale on your return to Enniskillen. The country park boasts beautiful woodlands and lough shore walks. Castle Archdale was the main flying boat base from which they flew during WWII and this is highlighted in an exhibition in the centre.

Spend the evening relaxing by the shore of Lough Erne in one of the many pubs and restaurants in Enniskillen.

 

Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark

Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark

Host to one of the finest show caves in Europe.

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Florence Court

Florence Court

Located just outside Enniskillen in the foothills of Cuilcagh Mountain.

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Belleek Pottery

Belleek Pottery

Established in 1857 Belleek Pottery holds a very special place in the cultural and commercial heritage of County Fermanagh.

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Day 2

Upper Lough Erne

Set off from Enniskillen

On the way explore Castle Coole and enjoy a guided tour of the house hearing stories of the numerous generations of the Lowry-Corry family that lived there. The mansion is set in a beautiful landscaped park with scenic walks to enjoy.

Lisnaskea and Castle Balfour

Stop at Lisnaskea and explore Castle Balfour, built in about 1618 by Sir James Balfour, a Scottish planter, the castle was in continuous occupation until the early 19th century.

Not far from Lisnaskea is National Trust’s Crom Estate, recognised as an important nature conservation site, a beautiful lakeside demesne on the shore of Upper Lough Erne home to ancient woodland and freshwater habitats.

If you are lucky you might spot the elusive Pine Marten an elusive creature that is rare, protected and very difficult to spot. Explore the possibility of viewing a different side to the Crom Estate from the water with boat hire available on site.

There’s no more relaxing or tranquil way to enjoy beautiful Lough Erne than by enjoying a cruise of exploration on the Inishcruiser from Share Discovery Village just outside Lisnaskea town. Weaving through the intricate network of the lake’s many islands, the Inishcruiser takes in glorious views of Fermanagh’s rich, unspoilt countryside.

Share Discovery Village also offers a wide range of arts, land and water activities including banana boating, kayaking, sailing and much more – something for everyone

Return to Enniskillen

Visit Sheelin Irish Lace Museum & Lace Shop, a treasure trove of antique Irish lace items, and other vintage textiles and clothing, on your return to Enniskillen.

Back in Enniskillen enjoy a leisurely walk along the Castle Basin Promenade or climb the 108 steps in Coles Monument for specular panoramic views of Enniskillen town.

 

Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum

Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum

A remarkable journey into the past bringing the golden age of the railway vividly to life.

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The Buttermarket

The Buttermarket

Visit Enniskillen's artisan craft shops in the stunning 19th Century Buttermarket.

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Crom Estate

Crom Estate

A romantic and tranquil landscape of islands, woodland and historical ruins.

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